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Kevin Lee Doesn’t Believe in Rankings

According to official UFC rankings, Kevin Lee isn’t even a top five lightweight. But thanks to Conor McGregor sailing the seas on a yacht made of hundred dollar bills, and Khabib Nurmagomedov being about as reliable as a yacht made of Cheetos, Lee is facing Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main […]

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Kevin Lee Doesn’t Believe in Rankings

According to official UFC rankings, Kevin Lee isn’t even a top five lightweight. But thanks to Conor McGregor sailing the seas on a yacht made of hundred dollar bills, and Khabib Nurmagomedov being about as reliable as a yacht made of Cheetos, Lee is facing Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main […]

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Jose Aldo doesn’t believe Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather will happen

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — UFC president Dana White is confident that Conor McGregor will face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring, but UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo doesn’t believe so.

Aldo, who recaptured the featherweight belt with a win over Frankie Edgar, is skeptical of how such a big fight would happen with the UFC having to work with Mayweather.

“We have a contract with the UFC, every athlete does, and everything has to go through the UFC,” Aldo said during a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s hard for Mayweather to accept a fight with (McGregor) being a UFC fighter. He does boxing events, so it’s 80 percent for him and 20 percent for the rest. It’s the opposite in the UFC. The UFC makes 80 and athletes make 20. That’s what happens. That’s the real story. So it’s not about Conor signing the contract or not, it’s Mayweather accepting to make less, or make his event.”

Scheduled to compete against interim champion Max Holloway on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Aldo doubts he will ever get his chance to avenge the quick loss to “The Notorious” inside the Octagon.

“Never. Never,” Aldo said. “I think it was close once. Today, with this fight between the UFC and him, from both sides. The UFC has tried to do this fight, and he didn’t want it. He’s running. He won’t accept it. But we’ll see. I don’t know if this fight happens.

“Like I said, many people talk. But talking in the media is easy. I can come here and say I’m going to fight the boxing world champion, the kickboxing champion. Cool, you will all post this, you’ll be all over the news, create some talk. It might become true, but it never stops being a lie.”

Aldo has stated many times that he’s willing to move up to 155 pounds to get his rematch with McGregor, but guarantees that it wouldn’t change his life if he never gets a second bout with the Irishman.

“Well, I don’t think about McGregor today. I couldn’t care less what he’s doing,” Aldo said. “Like I said, I want to remain champion, I want big fights. If one day I fight him, great. If not, I’ll continue my life, continue being champion, continue being the same person, fighting and winning. I don’t think about Conor today. I only talk about Conor because you ask. F*ck him.”

Watch the scrum video below (click on the CC button on player for English translations).

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UFC 209 Embedded, Episode 3: ‘I cannot believe it’

In the latest episode of UFC 209 Embedded, Stephen Thompson does some radio hits, Khabib Nurmagomedov sees a doctor and goes train, UFC champion Tyron Woodley heads to Las Vegas, the fighters are visited by a magician, and more.

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James Vick ‘couldn’t believe’ Abel Trujillo got out of first choke attempts

HOUSTON — After a submission win over Abel Trujillo, James Vick talks fighting in front of fans in his home state of Texas, wanting to fight in Dallas in May, and his multiple d’arce choke attempts against Trujillo.

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After Rough UFC Debut, CM Punk Says ‘I Will Be Back, Believe It Or Not’

CM Punk’s UFC debut went about the way one might have expected it would for a 37-year-old with no previous mixed martial arts experience.
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After Rough UFC Debut, CM Punk Says ‘I Will Be Back, Believe It Or Not’

CM Punk’s UFC debut went about the way one might have expected it would for a 37-year-old with no previous mixed martial arts experience.
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After Rough UFC Debut, CM Punk Says ‘I Will Be Back, Believe It Or Not’

CM Punk’s UFC debut went about the way one might have expected it would for a 37-year-old with no previous mixed martial arts experience.
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Morning Report: Rashad Evans says Jon Jones’s legacy will have an asterisk, doesn’t believe he knowingly took banned substances

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans says he doesn’t believe Jon Jones knowingly took any banned substances and thinks it is unfortunate that his legacy will have an asterisk.

The story of Jon Jones’ career will be forever linked with Rashad Evans.

Evans and Jones were friends and training partners until Jones was tabbed to step in for an injured Evans in a title fight against Mauricio Rua. Jones’ performance in that title fight would launch his career and be the starting point for the most dominant championship run in light heavyweight history. It also would sour their friendship and result in Evans leaving the Jackson-Winklejohn camp and the two eventually fighting each other. Both men have since put the bad blood behind them. So this week when Evans went on the 5 Rounds podcast with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, it wasn’t to kick Jones while he’s down but he did share his disappointment about Jones’ recent failed USADA test.

“I just felt huge disappointment. As a fan first, and as somebody who is closely associated with Jon…I just hate to see somebody that has so much potential to do so many great things have this kind of situation happen to them. In my opinion, he’s probably one of the greatest fighters to ever put on gloves but now his legacy is going to be associated with the asterisk of ‘was he clean?’ and all the other things that he is known for outside of the cage.

“It’s very unfortunate. You look at Jon perform and what he’s been able to do – the body of work he’s been able to accomplish – and just look at the physical specimen of who Jon is, you just think that he doesn’t really need any kind of help with any kind of performance enhancing drugs. But this is a game of just trying to recover and making sure that you do what you need to do in order to train again. So maybe he got himself caught up trying to take something to help him recover.”

What Jones took is currently unknown but the cause of much speculation. There has been no official confirmation of what Jones was flagged for but the leading rumor is that Jones was caught with 2 different estrogen blockers in his system. Evans, Chael Sonnen, and Brendan Schaub have all made this claim and in the interview with Okamoto, Evans says that multiple sources confirmed it for him. He then goes on to say that the rumors are still unsubstantiated.

“What he took, I have no idea. It’s still yet to be confirmed, but it does look like he was trying to hide something or he was trying to balance something out if that’s in fact what he did get caught for. “

By “balance something out” Evans means that estrogen blockers are often used as “post-cycle” therapy to counteract the increase in estrogen that can result after a cycle of steroids (per Iain Kidd of BloodyElbow.com). There is also some evidence to suggest that estrogen blockers can increase testosterone as well, another reason why a fighter might take them. But Evans doesn’t believe this is the case for Jones.

“I think he may have taken something that wasn’t exactly what he thought it was. I just can’t really see, in my mind, somebody that’s going to be tested as heavily as Jones knowingly taking something he’s going to get popped for…Jon has been one of the top tested athletes and he has a huge spotlight on him so I don’t think that he would be stupid enough to take something that he knows is banned.”

According to USADA’s website, Jones has been tested 8 times over the last 2 years, making him the third most heavily tested light heavyweight behind Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. With UFC 200 being the most high profile fight card in the sport’s history, in all likelihood Jones would have assumed he’d be tested in the build up to the fight. Jones’s camp has declined to reveal what Jones was flagged for, but they have been clear that they intend to dispute the results, intimating that his positive results may be due to tainted supplements.

If so, Jones would not be the first fighter to fall victim to this growing epidemic. Tim Means and Yoel Romero both received suspensions for failing USADA tests and both accepted reductions down from 2 years to only 6 months because they proved their supplements were indeed tainted. (For what it’s worth, the company for one of the supplements Jones uses has stated that their supplement is not to blame for this.) Jones is also facing a 2 year suspension.

Ultimately, Evans says, fighters need to be more careful.

“It’s just unfortunate. In today’s MMA you’ve got to be really informed about what you put inside your body.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

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Brock Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC and will continue to be tested by USADA.

Conor McGregor and Holly Holm both won ESPYs last night.

Tony Ferguson wants to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov or Eddie Alvarez next.

Kelvin Gastelum wants a rematch with Tyron Woodley, says he wasn’t 100% during their fight.

UFC Fight Night 91 does lowest numbers of the year.

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EXTRA CREDIT READING

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What a long strange trip. Jordan Breen of Sherdog discusses the weirdness that is this sport.

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MEDIA STEW

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The Beat from yesterday.

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Tito telling his side of the Lee Murray story. I kinda believe him because his statement “no one knocks me out, my head is too big” is pretty accurate.

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Imperator Furi-Rose-a training montage.

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Robin Black recap

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LISTEN UP

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Buffer recaps 200 and his injury.

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Big John was on Joey Diaz’s pod.

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TWEETS

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Would watch.

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Nice.

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This man put on one hell of a show for a short notice featherweight fighting a top 5 lightweight.

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I don’t know where this pic comes from but damn.

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Conor gets swag.

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DSM casually ethering Kavanagh.

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This is pretty dope.

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TJ responding hard.

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LOL

!! #USADAShelter !! #UFC #MMA #USADA @sonnench

A video posted by Nik “The Carny” Lentz (@niklentz) on

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Never forget that fighters are people and most of them are pretty decent so chill your rhetoric.

Walk in for working the UFC show for @fs1 and my son wants to wrestle. Soon he’ll be whooping me lol.

A video posted by Mikebisping (@mikebisping) on

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DC on Cain.

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One of these things is not like the other.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2007: Siyar Bahadurzada won the Shooto middleweight championship, defeating Shiko Yamashita by unanimous decision.

2015: Frank Mir knocked out Todd Duffee in the main event of UFC Fight Night 71. Also at this event, Holly Holm secured a title shot against Ronda Rousey by winning a decision over Marion Reneau.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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I’m pretty shocked at the poll results from yesterday. A Dillashaw-Cruz rematch only beat out John Lineker as far as fights y’all would like to see. Cruz and Dillashaw had an extremely close fight their first time and frankly, a highly enjoyable, technically brilliant one. I expected it to get a lot more love but people seemed to like the idea of Cruz-Aldo.

Cruz fighting Aldo kind of feels like he would just get murdered by the bigger, cleaner striker. Also, Cruz’s striking relies heavily on the threat of the takedown and Jose Aldo is the best defensive wrestler in MMA history. Cruz would get his legs chewed up and counter jabbed to death. Also, I’m not entirely sure Cruz would even be able to land a clean punch on Aldo who is every bit the defensive wizard Cruz is.

Cruz-DJ is the match to me. Their fight was close the first time and DJ has improved so much since then. Maybe he still can’t navigate the size difference but that is the superfight that makes the most sense. Also, Aldo has McGregor or Holloway or both to contend with first. If Cruz really doesn’t want to fight TJ again then let him fight DJ or Frankie Edgar at 135 while the young guns at bantamweight rack up a few more wins.

Anyway, that’s just my two cents. Have a great weekend y’all. See you Monday.

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Jon Jones downgrades Daniel Cormier’s punching power, doesn’t believe the champ can finish him

On UFC 200 on July 9, the mixed martial arts (MMA) world will finally find out if Jon Jones has returned to his old self.

Remember, Jones didn’t look all too good against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 en route to capturing the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title. He’ll attempt to come off of his most lackluster Octagon performance to date and stop current champion Daniel Cormier in a rematch from UFC 182.

While Jones defeated Cormier the first time around, things will probably play out a little differently at UFC 200. Cormier has gotten better on his feet, gained vast experience in his title defense opposite Alexander Gustafsson, and will bring zero emotions with him into the cage as he tries to avenge his only professional loss to date.

But according to Jones, no matter what “DC” throws at him, he simply won’t be able to finish him.

“The funny thing about him saying that is, Daniel Cormier doesn’t punch hard,” said Jones earlier this week on the UFC Unfiltered podcast in response to Cormier pointing out his lack of highlight reel knockouts (h/t MMA Fighting) . “I think the only person I can recall him knocking out is ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. I’m not trying to offend ‘Bigfoot’ Silva but, I mean, he’s not known to have the strongest chin in the game. So, you name anybody else who he knocked out with one punch and walked away, I don’t think I’ve seen it.”

Jones further explained his reasoning by pointing out the action from his first encounter with the champ.

“In my fight with Daniel Cormier, he always talks about how I was working his body and I kicked him in the ribs and I kneed him in the ribs, and these body shots that really sent a shockwave going through his body,” added Jones. “But at no point in the fight did one of his punches do anything to me, or kicks. At no point in the fight did he get me to bleed. At no point in the fight did he get me to lose my breath or to look up at the clock out of frustration. At no point did he wobble me with a punch. I mean, Daniel Cormier caught me with like 60 uppercuts in that fight, and I’m exaggerating. Not one of those uppercuts did anything to me.”

UFC 200 could be the final chapter in this rivalry and the most important performance of Jones’ illustrious career.

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